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Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure-that I, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she's never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.

Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife's accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby's small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career-and pride-he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.

When these two hotheaded Southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1476777500
ISBN-13: 9781476777504
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Series: Jane Austen Takes the South

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This hilarious Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hard-headed Civil war historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving.

Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.

Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career—and pride—he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.

When these two hot-headed southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits shows you that love can conquer all…especially when pride, prejudice, love, and cheese grits are involved!

Author Bio

Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an inspirational fiction writer. She homeschools her six children and lives in the small town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

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"Mary Jane Hathaway crafts a sweetly Southern-fried homage to our beloved Elizabeth and her Mr. Darcy. You'll root for the earnest heroine and fall prey to a Darcy who retains his edge. For readers who like their Austen variations as comforting as a deep-dish peach pie."

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  1. girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Jane Austen meets Southern Charm
    June 16, 2014
    girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits truly is a delightful contemporary Jane Austen romp type of story which follows loosely the storyline of Pride and Prejudice while also throwing in the delightful charm of the south, thus where the cheese grits fit it. The novel opens ,as any good Pride and Prejudice based novel should, with a scene where the main character , in this case Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, crossing swords with a visiting professor named Ransom Fielding, who also happens to be the one who gave her book a scathing and damaging review. As she enters his classroom and creates quite a stir, she also leaves quite an impression on Ransom. I can’t possibly give you the details here as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, but I will say that in Elizabeth Bennett fashion she dresses him down a bit and had me the reader laughing out loud. Poor Mr. Darcy, uh…Mr Fielding.

    With that rough start the two main characters aren’t very fond of each other at first, and with Shelby ,working hard to earn her tenure at her small college named Midlands located in Mississippi is finding that her college’s administration have determined it quite an accomplishment to have landed the prestigious Ransom Fielding straight from Yale to come in for a guest professorship and will basically move heaven and earth to keep him happy. When the two of them do not get along, they make it very clear that they will come down on Ransome’s side of any argument, which means she may be kissing her long sought after tenure” Goodbye”. But just as Darcy against his will becomes taken with Elizabeth, so does Ransom with Shelby. Despite her many social “faux pas’, he somehow falls for her. I found Ransom’s backstory to be touching as he is recovering from losing his wife and so he is leaving his Ivy league Academia to come to this small college near his hometown to recover a bit and ends up meeting Shelby and so his journey to seek out peace and quiet is a bit sidelined as she is anything but that .

    For true Jane Austen fans, this isn’t an exact replication of the story Pride and Prejudice in a contemporary setting, as certain characters are morphed into one- e.g- the Mr Collins and Mr, Wickham character become one to make up the “bad guy” of the story, and there isn’t a whole lot of emphasis on Shelby’s siblings and their stories, but as I was engaged in this story, it didn't matter to me as I enjoyed this storyline and where the author took these characters. The character of Shelby certainly had plenty of “Elizabeth Bennett” spunk as well as a bit more thrown in for good measure as her mouth so often got her into trouble whenever she was in social situations- very cringe-worthy at times- but I have to say that just led me to really loving the character of Shelby even more. Just as in Pride and Prejudice, Shelby and Ransom butt heads a lot initially and their pride and their prejudice keep them from each other, but as the story unfolds and they understand where each other are coming from, their relationship starts to develop.

    This was an enjoyable read for me and I am so happy to see that there is a series here with Emma, Mr Knightley and Chili Slaw dogs on deck. If it follows the same vein as Pride,Prejudice and Cheese Grits, then it will definitely be a winner. Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits delivers, faith love and fun all rolled up into one great book with some good old fashion Southern charm thrown in as well.

    4 stars

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 11, 2014
    Fitzysmom

    I'm not sure which I liked more about this book, that it is Southern fiction or that it is a modern retelling of one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. This book is filled with all the interesting yet quirky characters that we expect in a great Southern novel. There's the beloved aunt, the overbearing momma, the overindulged sisters and the very patient and highly supportive daddy. Oh and don't forget the friends and the frienemies. They truly make the story.

    The setting is a beautiful small town Southern college. Shelby is on the tenure track and trying to publish several articles about Civil War history in order to cement her position. Unfortunately her latest article received a scathing review from the renowned historian Ransom Fielding. And if that isn't bad enough, now Ransom has invaded her territory by taking a one year position with her college.

    Shelby loathes Ransom but unfortunately her oath to avoid him at all costs is quickly cast aside. In fact the headstrong Shelby makes quite a first impression . . . but so does Ransom. He is definitely Mr. Darcy in spades. He looks good, he smells good, and to top it off he's actually a nice guy. But if you are up on your Pride and Prejudice facts you know that there is a BIG misunderstanding that makes Ransom totally off limits.

    The ride through all the misunderstandings is definitely a pleasure trip. The food alone is worth the read. (Recipes included in the back of the book!) One of my favorite things was the quotes from Pride and Prejudice at the beginning of each chapter. It was such an added treat that set the stage for each scene.

    So . . . if you love Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy or even if you haven't a clue as to who he is but want a light funny romance pick this book up! It's the perfect complement to a tall glass of sweet iced tea on your front porch swing.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Laugh out loud funny
    June 10, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    What a kick! How have I missed this author that this is the first book I've read by her? It will certainly not be the last.

    The scene is a Mississippi college where two civil war historians butt heads. Shelby is a somewhat scatterbrained professor working her way to tenure. (She does keep losing her keys.) Ransom is a big name professor from Yale taking a year away from the pressure of the northern school. The only problem is that Ransom had given a scathing review of Shelby's recently published book. The review had been just downright mean. And now he would be spending a year at her college. How could she possibly be civil to him?

    I really liked this novel, and I am not even a Jane Austen fan. The characters are great. Shelby is feisty and just refuses to be the southern nice girl so many expect her to be. Not being from the south myself, I rooted her on as she broke through that sweet (yet vindictive) southern charm. Ransom is a good man but is still trying to recover from the sudden death of his wife and their unborn child. He's mad at God, too, for letting it happen. It seems impossible that these two would ever find enough common ground to be friends, let alone enter into a romantic relationship.

    I loved the wit and humor in the novel. There were times when I laughed out loud! There were other times when I just wanted to give Shelby a hug, she needed it so badly. And the romance is great. Those two hard headed people were at odds so many time … well, you'll just have to read the book. Whether you are an Austen fan or not, I think you'll enjoy this novel. If you find the first half a little slow, hang on. The second half is great.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  4. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Comedic Re-imaging Of The Classic
    June 10, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Mary Jane Hathaway in her new book, “Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits” Book One in the Jane Austen Takes the South series published by Howard Books takes us into the lives of Shelby Roswell and Ransom Fielding.

    From the back cover: This hilarious Southern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hard-headed Civil war historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving.

    Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.

    Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a respite from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career—and pride—he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.

    When these two hot-headed southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.

    With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits shows you that love can conquer all…especially when pride, prejudice, love, and cheese grits are involved!

    I think they call this kind of storytelling a re-imaging of the original rather than a retelling, which works out great for me. Why do I want to read the story all over again written by a new author when I could just go read the classic? No, Ms. Hathaway took the frame of the story by Ms. Austen and then built a really funny clever comedy of the type that Hollywood used to make and should make again for this would play very well on the screen. If you liked the original then you are going to really like this. If you never read the original then you are still going to like this. Southern style happiness that will leave you with a smile on your face. This book does not disappoint at all. I am so looking forward to book two in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  5. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    June 6, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Shelby Roswell is an assistant history professor at Midlands College. She has recently published her first book, but had it raked over the coals by a leading historian. This historian has now come to her college to teach for a year. Shelby is incensed and hurt by his cruel review of something so close to her heart. Shelby has a habit of speaking her mind no matter the setting and sometimes this works very much against her. She faces many trying situations with her family and her job as well as her budding feelings for Ransom Fielding. She tries to put her daily Bible devotions into action, but sometimes fails miserably. She knows nothing can come from a relationship with Ransom as he isn’t a believer.
    Ransom Fielding is looking forward to the slower pace of the South and having somewhat of a vacation from his tenured position at Yale. When he meets Shelby, he instantly regrets his harsh review, but the sparks fly and he doesn’t admit that to her. He is drawn to her feisty personality and loyalty as well as her willingness to stick up for those needing a protector. He is a widower who has grown far from God since his wife and child’s death. He has decided he will not ever love again and keeps his distance from any woman who threatens this promise. However, he can’t stay away from Shelby. She makes him long for something missing in his life.
    I thought from the title and description of this book that it would be a hilarious romance, but I was wrong. There were a couple of somewhat humorous scenes, but nothing laugh-out-loud. The romance aspect was just okay. I didn’t feel a connection with the characters and I didn’t think the characters were well-developed and were somewhat two dimensional. I did like Aunt Junetta and Shelby’s father, two characters that love Shelby just the way she was and didn’t try to change her. I also liked the aspect of Shelby having daily devotions and prayer. This was an okay book, but won’t be on my “keeper” shelf.

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